Ficus carica 'Brunswick' is an attractive, heavy cropping fig tree. The large pear-shaped fruits have a yellow-red flesh which is sweet tasting. The Brunswick Fig has deeply lobed, bold leaves. Self-fertile and particularly hardy. It is quite vigorous in growth. The fig is a well known fruit, cultivated since ancient times and grows wild in dry and sunny areas. It is mostly cultivated around the world for its fruits but it is also a great architectural plant with very ornamental leaves, plus the foliage turns yellowish in the Autumn. After their fall, the fruits often remain on the bare branches. We have different leaf forms, deeply lobed to slightly lobed. Figs can be found in continental climates with hot summers as far north as Hungary and Moravia, and can be harvested up to four times per year. Thousands of cultivars, most named, have been developed as human migration brought the fig to many places outside its natural range. Two crops of figs are potentially produced each year, but in UK conditions, it is safer to use varieties with one crop as the first crop would often be damaged by Spring frosts. Most common figs have all female flowers that do not need pollination; the fruit develops through parthenocarpic means, but there are varieties which requires the fig wasp for pollinisation (this insect usually cannot live in UK climate, this is why parthenocarpic varieties have to be used here to have fruits).
|Plant type||Deciduous tree|
|Flower||Invisible (develops inside the infrutescence) - Late Spring|
|Fruit||Edible - Fig|
|Soil type||Chalk, Loam, Sand / Alkaline, Neutral|
|Rate of growth||Fast|
|Height and spread||4m x 3m|
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